* Posts by thomas k

267 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Jun 2015


Pandora investor: Sell this company sooner rather than later

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pursuing a "costly and uncertain business plan"

Yeah, far be it to engage the actual work required - you know, all that pesky time and effort - to make something successful.

Curiosity find Mars' icecaps suck up its atmosphere

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cold,dry and nasty

So, like Ricky Gervais then?

Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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bunker busting?

That's the best I can come up with on such short notice.

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re: work vs personal

Wasn't Gmail invented just for this sort of site?

Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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no Klingons

That's like saying there are no Esperantos.

'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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it can't work if we can't explain it

So, Fleischmann-Pons cold fusion IS real! I knew it!

Utah declares 'war on smut'

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health benefits of pr0n

I'd think porn helps to reduce STDs.

US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

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Wot?! No pics?

Three hours and she didn't think to grab a couple shots with her mobe? For evidentiary purposes, of course.

BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

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Just can't make it work?

What is it with big *tech* companies and OS software and not being able to make it all work? Nokia and Maemo, HP and Palm, MS and Windows Phone, it certainly can't be down to lack of resources or talent. Confidence and commitment? Maybe it's just harder than it looks to us laypersons.

'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Despite a lot of red faces ...

I certainly don't expect anything to change. Torches and pitchforks are pretty ineffectual against tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons.

Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

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"It's hard to tell who's Old Harry when everyone's wearing boots." - G. Eliot

Look out, Windows Phone 8 users – yes, both of you – here's ... Windows 10 Mobile

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Forget targeted ads

Targeted news is the new shiny.

from one of the two Winphone users

One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020

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A 27" screen size model would be a tad inconvenient to lug around.

Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot

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Put a keypad on it. The orderer will have received a PIN that unlocks the storage compartment. Anyone else that monkeys with it gets 50,000 volts.

Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

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Well, I guess this means ...

the zombie apocalypse can't be far behind.

Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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"FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy"

So, I guess that's true, then - it's the trains we need to worry about.

LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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1280 x 720 on a 5.7" screen?


Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Well, it really is our fault

When he said "Change", we just assumed he meant 'for the better'.

IBM pimps Watson out to Hilton robot for concierge duty

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Test it at our property, please.

Maybe add some lasers, too?

HTC teases yet another make-or-break comeback flagship

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I only see one speaker!

The only reason to buy a One was for the stereo speakers.

Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Address, please.

Samsung off the hook as $120m Apple patent verdict tossed

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Dramatic recreation

+1 for that.

Phorm suspends its shares from trading amid funding scrabble

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Are they still a thing?!

I thought they fucked off and died ages ago.

NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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laser mounting

Couldn't they just mount the lasers on the rear of the craft and point them forward at the sails?

Triple-murderer prisoner keeps mobile phone in his butt for a week

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inquiring minds want to know

Frustrating lack of details here.

Did he just begin his sentence and had the phone with him when he arrived or did he acquire the phone while he was already inside? The latter would indicate he received it from a guard or another prisoner.

FCC clicks off the safety, fires at America's great cable TV box rip-off

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Re: Foxtel in OZ

I dropped my Hulu subscription when some of the programs I was watching suddenly required a valid cable subscription to watch. I mean, WTF?!!! If I had cable TV why would I be using Hulu in the first place?

Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe

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Next he'll be saying coding's more important than Arnold Bax!

Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

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No pics?!

Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

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Sure, Linux on mobes ...

around the same time as Linux on the desktop?

FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

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"... complaints and fines from the FTC"

How 'bout some jail time? That might have a little more effect.

Loons in balloons: Google asks FCC to approve Net plan

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Marks for creativity

"Although we respect that the commenters’ concerns are genuinely held," the filing notes, "there is no factual basis for them."

What a super polite way of calling someone an idiot.

Can't upgrade, won't upgrade: Windows Mobile's user problem

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Here's hoping ...

that they just totally bypass the 520. I'm quite satisfied with it as it is.

Feds slap Rentboy.com boss with further charges

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"Dedicated customer service team"

Hahahahahahahahahaha ....gasp ... hahahahahahahahahaha ...ah, ah ... hahahahahahahahahaha

PayPal patches deadly server remote code execution flaw

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Re: spam ...

Well, I guess that's something to look forward to. Good thing it's not one I use for anything else.

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Not the headline ...

you want to see after just having signed up to PayPal. That it was patched a month ago calmed my racing heart, once I got that far down.

Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

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I'm sure the data's encrypted

Right? Right?

Troubled Toshiba ponders selling chips to save its flash bacon

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possible buyers

Hmm, I heard China's interested in getting into the chip business.

Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

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wow, maybe government *is* the solution

Interesting how even red states are starting to realize not only the importance of broadband infrastructure to a modern economy but that if the "free market" isn't getting the job done, government has to step in and make it happen. Maybe there's hope after all.

West Virginia mulls mother of all muni networks – effectively a state-wide, state-run ISP

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"will be in direct competition"

But, but, I thought competition was supposed to be a good thing.

Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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And the obvious solution

is to rush out Windows 11, that looks and acts exactly like Windows 7, with all the under-the-hood improvements of Windows 10 but minus the data slurping. You know, give people something they *want* to upgrade to rather than trying to push a POS no one wants down their throats.

But I really don't see that happening.

Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Not, repeat not, on cats

Then, who, repeat who, cares?

<yawns, stretches, finds patch of sunlight, curls up, takes nap>

David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

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Do gently, dude

As a classical kind of guy, can't say that I was a 'fan' (only popular musician I can say I'm a fan of, in the sense of buying all the albums (well, pre-Issa), is Jane Siberry) but I always enjoyed and admired his work when I encountered it.

Coming just a week after the new album's release, his sudden passing is even more shocking. I checked the Guardian before work, as usual; checking again at work a couple hours later and seeing the news ... My first thought was, "but he was just alive!"

Talk about 'here one moment, gone the next' - you hear that phase your whole life and it's just words, someone says it and you all laugh. But here, now, in this moment, you suddenly know exactly what it means, what it feels like. So, thanks for that moment of revelation, David.

Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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re: that California case

California has very strict laws regarding what a former employer can tell someone calling to verify employment - basically you can say "Yes, so-and-so did work here" and ... that's pretty much it.

To call the guy's wife was a really dick move, which I don't think that would fly in any state.

American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

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Re: Back Story

"A law passed by Congress in 1996 requires the FCC to "determine whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion" and take immediate action to speed deployment if the answer is negative." from Ars article

Wheeler raised the min spec to insure the negative answer and thus put the FCC in position to take "immediate action". Maybe that'll include last-mile unbundling, who knows.

The law is pretty specific in this case, it doesn't say "70% of Americans" or "90% of urban Americans", it says "all Americans", period. Blame Congress for including that "all" (probably because it sounded better - "All Americans - fuck yeah!"), not realizing it might one day come to bite the telcos in the ass.

Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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Re: @ David 132 Paying for Windows 10 after July

I experienced this recently with my Cyberlink software. A Blu-ray disc I rented wouldn't play, said an update was required. I kept clicking the OK button but nothing happened. Finally thought to go into the Options menu and do a 'check for updates' there; now, that took me to their website and, voila, there was an update available. After installing, it added a banner to the main app screen urging me to "Upgrade to the Latest Version!" and a little pop-up box urging same will appear when I fire up the program. (The disc played, too, btw.)

Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

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Well, my speed did increase 5-fold this year

I dumped my DSL for cable.

Google probes AVG Chrome widget after 9m users exposed by bugs

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Or feature?

Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown

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Re: Oh good

Yes, I've only ever purchased one game through Steam and I'm hoping it was far enough back that it was on my previous bank card.

I have you now! Star Wars stocking fillers from another age

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No lovin' for the 2 KotORs?

25 years ago: Sir Tim Berners-Lee builds world's first website

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To this date he's never posted a cat picture online

But, but, but ... you mean, that's *not* why he invented it?!